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Grant for ‘The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye’ withdrawn due to ‘sensitive contents’

Grant for ‘The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye’ withdrawn due to ‘sensitive contents’

May 30, 2015

SINGAPORE, May 30 — The National Arts Council (NAC) has withdrawn a publishing grant for the graphic novel The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye on the eve of its Singapore launch because of “sensitive content”. The council declined to elaborate on the reasons behind the decision to revoke the S$8,000 (RM21,715) grant. The experimental graphic novel by artist-illustrator Sonny Liew follows the story of comic-book artist Charlie Chan during the formative years of Singapore’s modern... Read more

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Turkish president writes scathing comeback, tells New York Times off

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A woman holds a newspaper in her lap as she waits for a public viewing of BB King's coffin to begin at the BB King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi May 30, 2015. — Reuters pic